So, you want to be a self-published author and you have your THREE targets set. There’s an HTML version of your epic to create for the Kindle Direct Publishing site (KDP). With a significant amount of help from this man and this site…

Take Pride In Your E-Book Formatting…

…you’ll have this done in no time (trust me, the rewards have a special satisfaction). I was led there by the superb ¬†Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran, the rising cream at the top of an ever expanding pile of ‘How to self-publish’ books…

Take a look…

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Secondly you’ll need a nice, clean MS Word document to upload to Smashwords (Google their Style Guide, it’s a bore and a chore but again, forewarned is forearmed). My manuscript came back because of a surfeit of hidden bookmarks. Word is naughty and adds formatting when you look away from the screen for an instant…

And for that beautiful paperback (and trust me, my proof reading copy arrived yesterday and I could not be happier), there’s Create Space who make it very easy for you to generate a ‘real’ version of your book.

So nothing stopping you now. Three¬†extra bits of important data gleaned from the three or four books I’ve recently read on the subject…

1. Hire a Professional Cover Designer (Google Christopher Hamilton-Emery, well recommended) and 2. get your MS edited. These two aspects can elevate your work above so many others out there. 3. Check out this link when trying to get an Employee Identification Number from the US Tax Office, the IRS. It’s just a phone call to get a number and that will tell Amazon.com not to give 30% of your royalties to the US Tax Person. Never a bad thing.

Getting your Employee Identification Number…

Write on…

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